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8156RE: [civilwarwest] Review of "Triumph Over Adversity"

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Oct 1, 2001
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      To look specifically at the review,

      1. Depression is a difficult and, even today, hard to treat disorder.
      Some people can bloom quickly and overcome it --as Lincoln did. Others
      may take longer, as Grant did.

      But there is no question that if USG did suffer from depression, he rose
      above it.

      2. As for the second paragraph, any person who would manumit a slave, at
      a moment when the erstwhile owner is in deep financial trouble (remember
      that he ended up hocking his watch for Christmas presents), *does*
      suggest that USG had problems with slavery. His one slave was worth

      To place that in perspective, the initial 1863 income tax exempted
      salaries under $800, which was considered to be the average blue collar
      salary. As a captain of Infantry, Grant had been making $194/month,
      $2228 per year.

      That "most successful lawyer in Illinois history" averaged, in the
      1850s, averaged about $3,500-5,000 per year.

      I suspect that USG's income at Hardscabble was a whole lot less than he
      had made in the Army.

      How many of us would give away a year's salary (former Captain Grant),
      or 1/2 (for Captain Grant) or 1/3 (for Lincoln) of our salary when we
      would quickly turned that commodity into ready cash?

      If the details in a review are wrong, then why should the opinion be
      entitled to any respect?

      Take care,


      Judy and Bob Huddleston
      10643 Sperry Street
      Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
      303.451.6276 Adco@...

      " Simpson
      tells us that young Grant frequently suffered from what 19th-century
      writers referred to as "melancholy," or what today would be diagnosed
      as depression. It is a rationalization that hardly explains his
      antebellum failures. Abraham Lincoln waged a lifelong battle
      against "melancholia," and yet became one of the most successful
      lawyers in Illinois history and eventually one of the nation's
      greatest presidents.


      "Simpson's rosy interpretations often are a quantum leap beyond the
      evidence used to support them. For example, Simpson informs us that
      during the war Grant wholeheartedly supported Lincoln's racial
      policies. Yet there is little in the early life of Grant to suggest
      that the institution of slavery deeply offended him. Grant's
      emergence as a racial egalitarian seems to have been the product of
      political expediency and a recognition of the shifting sands of
      social and cultural change during the Civil War.
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